The University of South Alabama Jaguars (8-2, 5-1 SBC) will be out to add to their winning run when they travel to face the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (5-5, 3-3 SBC) at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday. The Jaguars are 7.5-point favorites, and the total is 45.5.
South Alabama is coming off a convincing 38-21 win over Texas State at Hancock Whitney Stadium last Saturday, their third consecutive victory. Carter Bradley was 20 of 34 for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Marco Lee ran 14 times for 57 yards. Devin Voisin caught six passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Miss lost 26-23 to Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium last Saturday. Trey Lowe threw for 313 yards and a touchdown. Frank Gore Jr. carried 13 times for 46 yards and added five catches for 90 yards. Jason Brownlee hauled in six receptions for 123 yards.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Jaguars won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 31-7 victory in September. Jake Bentley threw two touchdowns for South Alabama.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Jaguars are averaging 32.9 points per game for the season, 36th in FBS, and they are facing a Golden Eagles defense that has surrendered 24.5 PPG (52nd). Meanwhile, Southern Miss has scored 25.1 points a game this season, 87th in the nation, and South Alabama is allowing 19.3 PPG (18th).
The Jaguars rank 33rd in the country in passing yards per game (266.3) and 58th in rushing (161.3), while the Golden Eagles are 80th in passing yards allowed per game (235.2) and 57th against the run (141.3). Southern Miss has been one of the country’s least successful rushing teams, averaging 111.3 yards per game (111th), while ranking 91st in passing yards (213.2).
South Alabama’s defense has been strong on the ground, as the Jaguars are 7th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (86.8). Against the pass, the Jaguars are 44th (210.9).
Through 10 games, Carter Bradley has thrown for 19 touchdowns (7 INT) and 255.5 yards per game to lead South Alabama in passing. In five away games this season, he has six TDs (5 INT) and an average of 241.6 yards passing. La’Damian Webb leads the team in rushing with an average of 93.6 yards a game over 10 games.
He has 13 touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. Jalen Wayne is the Jaguars’ leading receiver with 69.7 yards a game and seven TDs. Zach Wilcke has nine passing touchdowns (9 INT) with 145.4 yards per game through eight games to lead Southern Miss. In four home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (3 INT) and an average of 104.5 yards.
Frank Gore Jr. has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 78.8 yards a game through 10 games. He has five touchdowns. Jason Brownlee has been the primary target in the Golden Eagles’ aerial attack. He has six touchdowns and a 68.7 yard per game average through 10 appearances.
HOME AND AWAY
South Alabama is looking for a fourth consecutive win away from home this season.
SportsTips’ College Foottball Pick:
Southern Miss (+260)
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